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Case Study - Graythwaite Estate

Graythwaite is a beautiful country estate set in 5,000 acres of lakeside, forest and woodland. It has a rich heritage, including literary connections, and today supports a thriving residential and working community. Graythwaite has been home to the Sandys family for over 600 years, with Myles the latest member of the family to run the Cumbrian estate, situated on the Western shores of Lake Windermere.

The renovation of Silverholme, a fine Georgian manor with uninterrupted views of England's largest lake, is the latest in a line of projects undertaken by the family to diversify and modernise the estate to ensure its survival for future generations of the family.

The year-long transformation, completed in November 2012, has restored the elegant manor house into a perfect 'home away from home' for luxury stays and private and corporate events. With a stylish blend of period character and modern luxuries, light and spacious receptions rooms, eight individually-styled en-suite bedrooms and the original coachmans' cottage, beautiful gardens and private access to Lake Windermere, Silverholme is the perfect setting for a memorable get-together.

The nearby Coach House also offers guests of Silverholme a lovely flexible space for private or corporate gatherings. This multi-function venue is ideal for weddings, parties, games evenings, business meetings, and catered events for up to 50.

The house has impressive green credentials, and has just been given a Gold Award for Green Tourism, the highest accolade by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS). Softwood chippings from the estate's trees supply a 100-kilowatt woodchip biomass boiler, producing the heating and hot water, whilst the house is also preparing to unveil its own water turbine to provide all the electricity needed to run Silverholme and its surrounding buildings. Discreetly located, the turbine is one of two new installations being installed on the Graythwaite estate and, together, they will generate a further stream of income for the estate.

Along with Silverholme, the estate also hosts 20 self-catering holiday cottages, 50 tenanted properties, and a successful Sawmill business. 

For further information, visit www.graythwaite.com, or contact Katrina Stacey on 015395 31178.

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